Bobby Muuss Named Wake Forest Head Men's Soccer Coach
Jan. 8, 2015
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Former Demon Deacon assistant and current University of Denver head coach Bobby Muuss has been named the head men's soccer coach at Wake Forest University. Athletics Director Ron Wellman made the announcement today.
Muuss comes to Wake Forest after spending eight seasons at the University of Denver. He was previously an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the Demon Deacons from 2001-2007. Muuss replaces Jay Vidovich who was named head coach of the USLPRO team T2, an affiliate squad of the Portland Timbers.
"We're happy to welcome Bobby back to Wake Forest," said Wellman. "He had tremendous success at Denver with four league championships and a strong record. He has strong ties to Wake Forest after his six years as an assistant here and recruited some of the best players in program history including the 2007 National Championship team. We expect Bobby to continue the championship tradition of our soccer program."
At Denver, Muuss compiled an overall record of 74-56-24 with a 39-20-10 mark in conference games. He was named Summit League Coach of the Year in 2013 after guiding the Pioneers to a 13-3-4 overall record and a perfect 6-0-0 mark in the conference. Under his leadership, Denver won Summit League titles in 2013 and 2014 and captured the league tournament title both seasons, earning back-to-back bids to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
"I want to thank Ron Wellman and the administration at Wake Forest for this tremendous opportunity," said Muuss. "I am humbled and honored to work for one of the best athletic programs and one of the top academic institutions in the country. I look forward to adding to the history and tradition of Wake Forest soccer. The last eight years at Denver have been tremendous and I want to thank DU for everything they have done for me."
"I also want to thank Jay Vidovich for helping me through my career and leaving an incredible legacy at Wake Forest. Also want to thank Ray Reid at the University of Connecticut. Without their mentorship and friendship, I wouldn't have this opportunity."
Muuss inherits a strong Wake Forest team that earned a spot this season in the NCAA Championship for the 12th time in the last 13 years and the 18th time in school history. Wake Forest finished the 2014 season with a 10-7-2 record which included wins over ranked teams such as Louisville, Connecticut and national champion Virginia. The Deacons were led by first team All-ACC selection Michael Gamble, second team honoree Ian Harkes and freshman All-ACC selection Kris Reaves.
In his last two seasons at Denver, the Pioneers went undefeated at home, winning 17-straight games. Muuss coached Zach Bolden who was the fourth-round selection by the Chicago Fire in the 2014 MLS Super Draft which marked the fifth Pioneer to be taken in the last six drafts. During his tenure with the Pioneers, Muuss had three players earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors.
Before his time at Denver, Muuss spent six seasons at Wake Forest as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Vidovich. He helped land top-20 recruiting classes in each of his six years. During that time, Wake Forest made the NCAA Tournament each season, including twice as the nation's top-ranked team.
Muuss worked closely with Deacon goalie Brian Edwards, who set school records with 13 shutouts in 2006 and 31 in his career. He also coached standout players such as Michael Parkhurst, Sam Cronin, James Riley, William Hesmer and Stephen Keel.
Prior to his stint at Wake Forest, Muuss was a volunteer assistant at Connecticut. While there, the Huskies won the 2000 National Championship, three BIG EAST regular-season titles and made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
A native of East Islip, N.Y., Muuss transferred to UConn from Southern Connecticut State and earned his undergraduate degree in the spring of 1999 in communication science. While at Southern, Muuss was a member of the 1995 Division II National Championship Team.
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